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September 2015 Edition
Europe, SatBroadcasting™ and SATCOM Perspectives
 
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InfoBeam Part I, Information & News by the Editors
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InfoBeam Part II, Information & News by the Editors
News and Products of Note for SATCOM
 
InfoBeam Part III, Information & News by the Editors
News and Products of Note for SATCOM
Features
 
SatBroadcasting™: Ultra HD, The Ultimate Experience... An SES Perspective, The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) just upped its forecast of Ultra HD TV sales to surpass 4.4 million in 2015
Even among the stingiest of prognosticators, Ultra HD is far ahead
of schedule. 
 
A Life Boost For TWTs... A CPI Satcom Products Perspective, By Mike Cascone, Director of Applications Engineering; John Overstreet, Vice President, Satcom Design Center; and Doug Slaton, Marketing Manager, CPI Satcom Products
PI’s LIFEEXTENDER is a dynamic technology that is currently the most effective method available to increase the life of traveling wave tubes (TWTs) used in satellite uplink amplifiers.
 
Why The IRG Is Not Taking Their Tour To IBC2015, By Martin Coleman, Executive Director, the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)
As many of you may already know, last year we instigated the now infamous Carrier ID (CID) tour which takes visitors to various exhibitions around a trade exhibition’s show floor to experience the process of CID, from transmission, through detection, to resolution.
 
Ground Stations Face Squeeze Of Hybrid Networks & Rising Customer Expectations, By Phill Howard, Director of Solution Architecture, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Have you read about the latest broadcast disruption? Probably not. 
Equipment failures in ground stations typically don’t make the news such as the latest headlines about HTS or smallsat constellations, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important—or without drama.
 
High Altitude Communication Solutions with SKYWAN... An ND SatCom Perspective, By Volker Jarsch, Director, SATCOM Solutions, ND SatCom
Communications networks that must operate at high-altitude in mountainous regions have always been a challenge to install.
 
Ten Years At The Top... An Orion Express Perspective, By Kirill Makhnovskiy, General Director of LLC Orion Express
In 2015, this Russian federal satellite service provider celebrates its 10th anniversary of service.
 
Opening The Door To Commercial, On-Orbit Satellite Servicing, By Michael Kaplan, Principal Consultant, Kaplan Astronautics
Ever since the dawn of the space age, satellite operators have been constrained in their approaches to the space business.
 
Executive Spotlight: Don Osborne, President, Information Systems Group, MDA
Mr. Osborne was appointed Group Vice President and General Manager of MDA in January of 2014. His initial appointment to the company occurred in May of 2009, when he was named President, Satellite Systems, which covered the Montreal and UK operations.
 
When Performance Truly Matters... A Moog Historical Perspective, By Christopher Loghry, Space Systems Engineer, Moog, Inc.
Moog In-Space Propulsion (Moog-ISP) has been supporting the space industry since the 1950s and the company has a rich history in many critical propulsion components and systems.
 
RF Matrix Switches in Satellite Ground Segment— New Developments and Their Benefits, By James Rapach, RF Design Engineer, Quintech Electronics and Communications, Inc.
RF Matrix Switches provide flexibility for Earth station operators to route signals in a large Earth station facility, teleport, cable headends, DTH (Direct-To-Home) and NOC’s (Network Operating Centers).
 
Satellite Is Vital For A Unified, Global, e-Health System... An SES Techcom Services Perspective, By Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES Techcom Services
Providing people with convenient access to public services through the Internet has long been a goal of operators and vendors alike.
 
Ka-Band Broadband Relishes Medium Earth Orbit... An AvL Technologies Perspective, By Chick Reutter, Sales Director, AvL Technologies
For many years, Ka-band has been considered the future of satellite communications.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Next Generation Spectrum Monitoring, By Roger Franklin, CEO, Crystal
Satellite transmissions, especially those involved in broadcasting, are increasingly dispersed and dynamic—changing consumer behavior has created demands for compelling content available anytime and anywhere. 
 
The Art Of Going Global... An ETL Systems Perspective, By Andrew Bond, Sales Director, ETL Systems
With the launches of new HTS (High Throughput Satellites) and global demand for pay-TV services, the use of reliable satellite signal handling is more than essential.
 
Advancing Maritime Intelligence With Real-Time Satellite AIS, By Nicole Schill, Marketing Communications Manager, exactEarth
Currently, the remote Arctic region’s ice levels are slowly recovering after all-time low levels during the summer months.
 
Evolving Products For Better Space... A Space Data Association Viewpoint, By John Mackey, Senior Vice President, Network Operations, Inmarsat
I am one of the Executive Directors of the Space Data Association (SDA) and part of my role is to head up the Product Evolution Working Group, which is aimed at determining what products and services we need to be offering the industry to improve the space environment. 
 
SatBroadcasting™: SNG Simplification... An AVIWEST Perspective, By Erwan Gasc, CEO, AVIWEST
Today’s consumers have insatiable appetites for high-quality video on a wide range of devices.
 
What Would Occur If All Of Our Satellites Were... Suddenly Destroyed?, By George Dvorsky, Contributing Editor, io9, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Since their inception 60 years ago, satellites have gone on to become an indispensable component of our modern high-tech civilization. But because they’re reliable and practically invisible, we take their existence for granted—here’s what would happen if all our satellites suddenly just disappeared.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Discovery’s Love For 4K (UHDTV), By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
Factual broadcaster Discovery Networks is planning for 4K, otherwise known as UHDTV.
 
Eliminating the Need to Pause—SOTM Antennas... A C-COM Satellite Systems Perspective, By Drew Klein, Director, International Business Development, C-COM Satellite Systems
As technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds in almost every sub-sector, at times, in the satellite business, improvements seem to come at a snail’s pace.
 
The Big Cover Up: Staying Snow + Ice Free... A W.B. Walton Enterprises Perspective, By David Walton, Product Development and Director of Snow Shield Operations, W. B. Walton Enterprise, Inc.
Earth station antenna covers are designed to prevent snow and ice buildup that can degrade satellite signals.
 
SatBroadcasting™: An Optimized Approach To Localized TV Content An Amagi Perspective, By Baskar Subramanian, Co-Founder, Amagi
Today’s TV networks are under immense pressure. They are competing for viewer eyeballs with a growing number of OTT providers, such as Netflix and Amazon. Their expansion into new territories and the need to differentiate their offered content is crucial for their business expansion. 
 
What Occurs When Your Primary Network Fails?, By Roland Hamouche, Sales Engineer—Satellite, M2M Connectivity
Real-time connectivity is becoming increasingly critical to the functioning of certain applications, and more specifically, mobile applications. 
 
Changes Ahead To Continue Business Growth + Success... A Spacecom Perspective, By Jacob Keret, Senior Vice President Sales—Europe, North America and ME—Spacecom
2015 has been an excellent year for Spacecom. The company reached several corporate goals in terms of business development, technological advances, and milestones, both in funding and construction of our upcoming satellite: AMOS-6. 
 
Managing Media Networks In A Hybrid World... A Skyline Communications Perspective, By Steven Soenens, Product Marketing Director, Skyline Communications
In order to be successful, broadcasters and service providers require velocity, scalability and cost structures that unify the various media workflows that cross technology and vendor boundaries of satellite, fiber and cloud infrastructures.
 
SatBroadcasting™: How Can Broadcasters Prepare For The UHD Era? An SES Platform Services Perspective, By Sophie Lersch, Chief Product Officer for Services, SES Platform Services
With high image definition, a resolution four times higher than HD and a finer gradation of colors, UHD offers a viewing experience which draws the viewer into the action—securing the technology’s position in the future of broadcast.
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